SINGAPORE: Local sailors Jovina Choo and Amanda Ng on Monday (April 11) became the latest to book their spots at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Competing in the 470 women’s class, the duo placed 49th at the Open European Championship in Spain, ahead of compatriots Priscilla Low and Lee Shu Xian (50th) as well as Elsie Yukie Yokoyama and Joan Poh (52nd).
"It hasn't really quite sunk in yet," said Choo. "It only happened yesterday ... we were very busy packing our boats. So today we just took the day off to just relax and enjoy."
Performance manager at the Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF), Chua Tan Ching, said: “They have to keep their fitness up and their minds fresh. As much as possible, we try to put them in racing situations.
“That means all of the Olympic teams will be heading to Rio sooner or later, so we are trying to get the best time for them to race in regattas held by coaches and to simulate the exact racing conditions during the Olympic finals itself."
The race served as the second leg of the SSF’s selection trials for the 470 women’s class, after the Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta from Mar 26 to Apr 2 where Choo and Ng were also the fastest Singaporeans in 56th place.
Singapore has finalised entries for five out of six sailing events at the Olympics which the nation has qualified for. Aside from Choo and Ng, they are Griselda Khng and Sara Tan (49erFX); Justin Liu and Denise Lim (Nacra 17); Leonard Ong (RS:X Men's) and Elizabeth Yin (Laser Radial).
Colin Cheng and Scott Glen Sydney are still vying for the Laser Standard slot at Rio, and will compete at the World Championship in Mexico next month as their second and final selection event. Cheng finished the first leg - the aforementioned Trofeo Princesa Sofia Regatta - in 13th place while Sydney placed 67th.